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It’s tough… I usually call my friends in on it. Kenny Chesney’s been involved in a few tea parties.
– – Tim McGraw to David Letterman on raising girls. (Thanks to J.R. Journey for sending along the quote and clip.)
TM: I grew up in an eighteen-wheeler, my dad drove an eighteen-wheeler, so I rode in an eighteen-wheeler a lot, hauling cotton seed across the Louisiana and Texas and listening to 8-tracks of Merle Haggard and George Jones and all those guys. But now, I mean, I love that stuff… and Johnny Cash… but it sort of makes you feel like such an inadequate artist when you go back and you listen to some of those guys and how great they were, and how real their music was, and just how unique they were.
DL: Well, that’s very complimentary of you to say, very respectful of you to say, but there are people now, just beginning, and people in the future who will say the very same thing about yourself.
TM: Well… they’ll grow out of that quickly. (laugh)
– – In another exchange from the same interview, McGraw seems to be seriously reconsidering his musical direction post Curb and “Felt Good On My Lips.” Here’s hoping it’s more than idle chatter.
I haven’t felt this inspired for a long time. I have been searching for inspiration, honestly, since the new cuts I did for the Greatest Hits record. It’s a scary thing when you think it may be gone forever. But I’m thrilled to say that I think it was just emotional clutter and negative energy junking up the place! And now, there is NOTHING but inspiration and creativity. I feel it and see it everywhere. It’s so exciting to me and I know you are going to feel it on this next record. ●
– – In her latest blog post, Martina McBride fesses up to a full decade of flagging inspiration.
This email comes to you with something I’ve been working on for about five years. But we’re finally getting it out in the open. I’m talking about XXX.
– – From the Shooter Jennings email newsletter. Mercifully, he doesn’t mean porn.
When you come off the road, it’s kind of like ‘How do I become a person again?’ ●
– – Carrie Underwood helps along the persistent rumor that she’s a robot.
Purists are a drag. That’s why bluegrass is a drag and jazz is a drag, unless you get people like Brian Blade or Darrell Scott, who go outside that whole narrow way of seeing everything. ●
– – Buddy Miller thinks it’s all about the hybridization. How totally XXX of him.
The lesson here is the greatness of the Jamey Johnsons and Punch Brothers and Miranda Lamberts of the world aside, country music has come to a point where the most average Strait tribute is a far better thing than many of the best efforts its mainstream artists have to offer. ●
– – Columbia Daily Tribune’s Aarik Danielsen on Easton Corbin. As much as I like Corbin, I’ll confess to some bafflement at seeing his debut album appear on a number of Best of 2010 lists.
I grew up listening to Garth [Brooks], like ‘The River’ and ‘The Dance,’ and my grandfather would play Johnny Cash every morning when we were in the turkey shed in Minnesota, but when I went to a vocal coach in L.A. and he was like ‘and a one and two,’ I was like this is crazy. I need to get to Nashville. ●
– – Garrett Hedlund on preparing for “Country Strong.” His performance is being called a highlight, but the movie as a whole has been getting lots of weak-to-middling reviews.
He really introduced me to country music. I was snobbish then, I thought it was hokey – except for Johnny Cash. I was into folk music … Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, old folk blues. As far as singing went, I was trying to be Joan Baez. When Gram came along, I had to be Melba Montgomery to his George Jones. All of a sudden, I realised what an incredible singer George Jones was and discovered Merle Haggard and the Louvin Brothers and got into bluegrass. There’s a certain amount of restraint in country music that suits my voice. ●
– – Emmylou Harris on discovering country with the help of Gram Parsons.
He’s kind of like a teenage girl in a grown man’s body. ●
– – Leighton Meester on Swift producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she worked on her “Country Strong” tracks.
Enough of this nonsense… it’s Iris DeMent time!